Education

Hail Mary

Image caption Dame Mary Beard wants open debate, but without the “sloganising” and “sexist rants” Historian Mary Beard moves seamlessly from tackling aggressive dimwits on Twitter to talking about the politics of ancient Rome. It’s the kind of abrupt gear change we now expect from public intellectuals. And Professor Mary Beard – who became Dame […]

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Young people 'see cannabis as safer than alcohol'

Image copyright Getty Images “For me, having cannabis in the evening is the equivalent of having a glass of wine on a Friday night. “People of my generation see cannabis as safer than drinking and safer than smoking,” says Faye, 22. “The health risks [of drinking and smoking] have been drummed into us.” Faye’s comments […]

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'Ditch predicted grades' from university admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Universities in the UK should stop using predicted grades when people are applying for places, say lecturers and head teachers. A study from the University and College Union says no other developed country uses such a system of forecasts of results for university admissions. The lecturers say most predicted grades turn […]

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London sixth-former plays Pogba's double

Image caption Efeme Temienor (right) took a selfie with Paul Pogba, as he appeared as the footballer in an advert A sixth-former from south London has been used as a body double for France’s World Cup star Paul Pogba. Efeme Temienor had previously been told by his friends and family how much he looked like […]

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Parent apologises to teacher for Facebook abuse

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption Roisin Corr is Head of Music at St. Joseph’s Grammar School in Donaghmore A teacher who was the subject of derogatory online comments from a pupil’s parent is relieved a libel case has restored her “good name”. Caroline Coulter apologised for posting the offensive remarks against Roisin Corr, head […]

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Five generations 'to reach average income'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Social mobility declined for those born after 1975, the economics think tank says Social mobility is so frozen that it would take five generations for a poorer family in the UK to reach the average income, an OECD report says. The economics think tank says income inequality has widened […]

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Degree pay premium

Going to university should mean you earn more over your lifetime. But how much difference does the choice of university and subject actually make? The impact these educational decisions have on English students – after taking into account their background and how well they were doing academically before university – has been calculated for the […]

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Doubts raised over Universal Credit roll-out

The £1.9bn Universal Credit system may end up costing more to administer than the benefits system it is replacing, according to the National Audit Office. Ministers can never know if it puts the promised 200,000 extra people in work or saves £2.1bn in fraud and error, the public spending watchdog says. It adds some claimants […]